Interview: Beatriz Castañeda Díaz
Luca Curci talks with artist Beatriz Castañeda Díaz during Hidden Rooms exhibition in Venice.
Beatriz Castañeda Díaz was born 1988 in Madrid, Spain. While she was studying Degrees in Audiovisual Communication and Advertising & RRPP, she also studied Advertising Design, Illustration and Comic for three years in ESDIP. After living and working in London and Luxembourg where she was inspired by new influences, last year she cofounded “Anónima by cm”, a Fashion and Art project where she creates everything about graphic design, photography and video.
Themes such as surrealism, theatricality, absence, identity and timelessness are the base for her creations. Portrait 18.0._ video art is the result of the story Series 18.0 , as testimony of a process that attempts to capture the fragility of memory. A story which grows and decreases, that appears and disappears. Portrait 18.0._ shows the multiplicity of a same portrait, of oneself. It shows the difficulty to recreate an identity in just one way.
Luca Curci – Your work was exhibited during Hidden Rooms exhibition in Venice on November 2014: can you talk about your personal experience in Venice with International ArtExpo?
Beatriz Castañeda Díaz – As soon as I knew I was selected to participate in the exhibition, I checked out tickets to go to Venice. It was a great opportunity to spend two days there and to assist to International ArtExpo where I could see dance performances, interesting works of others artists from different countries and my own work in such non-common space, a beautiful antique palace. It was a lovely experience.
L. C. – Can you talk about the artwork you presented in Venice? How is it linked with the festival’s theme?
B. C. D. – Portrait 18.0._ is a short video art which talks about the multiplicity of human identity, about our hidden essence. It shows the multiplicity of a same portrait, of oneself. The difficulty to recreate an identity in just one way. A portrait as a consequence of its diagnosis of reality. As Hidden Rooms talked about Identities, Cities, Memories, I thought not only that this video had in common the main theme of the exhibition but also the artistic project of which Portrait 18.0._ is part, Anónima by cm, which talks about memories and time.
L. C. – What are you currently working on?
B. C. D. – I’m collaborating with an artistic project called Anónima by cm, where I’m responsible of graphic design and also of video pieces. Now we are planning several things and working on new pieces, so I’m waiting to create a new video art work.
L. C. – What is art for you?
B. C. D. – Art for me is about expressing, sometimes only to suggest. It is a way to express what we don’t like to say in words and to create emotions which are difficult to raise in other ways.
L. C. – What do you think about International ArtExpo organization?
B. C. D. – I think International ArtExpo is a great opportunity for artists to show their work creating also a “net-artwork” for artists from different countries where they can have a professional relationship with each other.
L. C. – Do you think International ArtExpo organization can represent an opportunity for artists?
B. C. D. – Definitely. Internatinal ArtExpo works to discover emerging artists, curating their works and giving interesting spaces to show them.